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Comment: How about repurposed Android smartphones? (Score 3, Informative) 158

by The Brother Grim (#41271705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?
Grab a few old Android devices--maybe N1s--turn off their cellular and wifi radios, load them up with music, and use 3.5 mm audio cable converted to whatever your aux input is on your existing system. Some 3.5mm audio cable can be purchased with/cobbled together to include built-in play, pause, and track skip buttons... Also, there's the rooting factor for most Android devices as well as the fact that most non-Apple smartphones use some variant of microUSB for charging and syncing.

Comment: Sure, the robot takes five minutes to get a beer.. (Score 1) 114

by The Brother Grim (#32835936) Attached to: Willow Garage Robot Fetches Beer, Engineers Rejoice
...but so do dogs that are trained to do the same thing. But unlike a dog, a robot won't chew your shoes, defecate in the yard, or lack opposable digits to pop the top on a beer bottle. Still, that entire issue of looking for a charging port in the middle of the night kind of bothers me.

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